Treaty with the Gibeonites (Joshua chapter 9)

One of the enduring contradictions of the Old Testament is the command to treat strangers and foreigners well, alongside the command to destroy the nations who inhabited the ancient land of Canaan, the “promised land”. We see this contrast played out in the survival plan of the Gibeonites. But what does it all mean? I […]

The Real Enemy

Looking at the history of the church over the centuries, you might be forgiven for wondering whether Jesus Christ or the devil is more important.  It’s an interesting concept, and one I’ve heard many times before: “There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy.” (Frankfort Moore).  Of course, the traditional enemy of […]

Crossing the Jordan River

THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO WATER CROSSINGS (Exodus 14 and Joshua 3)? “… for you have not passed this way before.” (Joshua 3:3-4 NKJV) LEAVING SLAVERY IN EGYPT: OUR STATE BEFORE REGENERATION (DP 83) * … born with a predilection to love ourselves and the world the pleasures of these loves … guide us; [we […]

The Deleted Question

The Bible for Atheists, series final. Recorded on Sunday 19th August 2018 The question – came to me via email, 7:24pm, 24 May 2018, it was very entertaining: “1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this […]

Is God evil?

“The old testament is full of horror stories that paint a very evil picture of God, and which provide poor moral guidance for modern humans. There are far too many examples for me to give specifics.” (Barry Matson) Stephen Fry’s preference – the Greek gods, “didn’t pretend not to be human in their appetites, capriciousness […]

A woman’s uncleanness: childbirth and menstruation

(The Bible for Atheists, number 9) “Why would God design a woman’s body and then require her to sacrifice two birds once a month because the natural cycle is considered unclean?” (from Tanya) Two passages to consider together: Leviticus 12 (childbirth), Leviticus 15:19-30 (menstruation) Let’s begin by stating the obvious: It struck me as really […]